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Applied Psychologist/Highly Specialist Psychologist

Tees Esk & Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust
Durham / Consett
£40,057 to £53,219 a year per annum
Closing date
9 Aug 2022

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Band 7
Contract Type
Full Time
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North Durham Community CAMHS team is seeking to appoint a committed and enthusiastic Band 7 Applied Psychologist. Applications from Trainee Applied Psychologists in their final year of training would also be welcome. This is a developmental post with scope for further progression upon meeting the required experience and competencies.

This is an exciting opportunity to join a dynamic and friendly CAMHS service, where there is great emphasis on peer support and supervision, as well as encouraging Continuing Professional Development. You will be joining a skilled and experienced multi-disciplinary workforce, comprising psychologists, psychological therapists, psychiatrists, nurses, child psychotherapy and support workers, who all value the contribution of Applied Psychologists. The role is diverse and varied, incorporating opportunities for assessment, formulation, 1-1 and group therapy delivery, care co-ordination, supervision of others, teaching, training and audit/ service evaluation. You will also be joining a supportive and proactive Psychology Professions community within the Durham and Darlington locality, where we all share a fundamental commitment to promoting the mental health and wellbeing of the children and families in our area and delivering the best service possible.

If you would like to have a conversation about this post, please contact Dr Vicky Rae, Consultant Clinical Psychologist, on 01207 216400 or

Main duties of the job

The post holder will provide psychological assessments, formulation and intervention as well as consultative and advisory services in relation to children and young people, their families and carers, according to identified clinical need. Providing consultation, formulation and clinical supervision to other team members in regard to patients is an important element of the role in addition to direct clinical work.

About us

We are geographically one of the largest NHS Foundation Trusts in the country with an annual income of £423m and a workforce of over 7,500 staff operating from around 160 sites. Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust provides mental health and learning disability services for the people of County Durham and Darlington, Teesside, North Yorkshire, York and Selby, serving a population of around 2 million people. We also provide additional specialist services to other parts of Northern England.

We deliver our services by working in partnership with 8 local authorities and clinical commissioning groups, a wide range of voluntary organisations, as well as service users, their carers and the public. The services are spread over a wide geographical area of around 3,600 square miles, which includes coastal, rural and industrial areas.
Our alues
The most important way we will get there is by living our values all of the time. These are:
  • Respect - listening, inclusive, working in partnership
  • Compassion - kind, supporting, recognising and celebrating
  • Responsibility - honest, learning, ambitious

Job description Job responsibilities

The North Durham CAMHS team is responsible for assessment and treatment of children and young people up to the age of 18 as part of the Getting More Help service. The team is multi-disciplinary consisting of Nursing staff, Psychologists, Psychological Therapists, Associate Practitioners, Health Care Assistants and Consultant Psychiatrists. Successful candidates will join our service at an exciting time of service transformation as we seek to enhance psychological services within our community child and adolescent mental health services.

The successful candidate will work as an integral part of the MDT to provide psychological assessment, formulation and evidence-based interventions to young people and their families. We operate an assessment, formulation, treatment and consultancy model to ensure that young people and their families receive high quality, safe, effective, evidence-based care encompassing both physical and psychological well-being in line with national guidance. The team provides direct therapeutic work (family based and individual), drawing upon a range of psychological models, physical monitoring, consultation, liaison, advice and training, and works with young people and families as well as local partners in the community including schools and primary care. We have close links with our colleagues in Education, Social Care and across TEWV.

The successful candidate will be responsible for assessing, planning and implementing care and intervention for children and adolescents as part of an MDT. They will provide specialist psychological interventions and carry a caseload of individuals with varying needs. The successful candidate will be able to manage and assess risk and be confident in making clinical decisions independently. Training and developmental opportunities would be available for the post holder in order to further develop specialist skills and interests should these be required.

Owing to current circumstances, interviews will be held over Microsoft Teams unless informed otherwise.

As a team, we are committed to staff well-being and therefore are open to discussions around working hours / patterns that meet the needs of both service and individuals.


Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Post-graduate training (doctoral level equivalent) in clinical / counselling / forensic psychology (or its equivalent prior to 1996) as accredited by the BPS.
  • HCPC registration as a Practitioner Psychologist
  • Registration with BPS
  • Evidence of continuing professional development
Experience Essential
  • Working as a qualified applied psychologist / trainee psychologist within the designated service including a wide variety of client groups, across the whole life course and a range of clinical severity across a range of care settings.
  • Exercising full clinical responsibility for clients' psychological care as a care coordinator within the context of a multidisciplinary team.
  • Experience of joint working with statutory, voluntary and private sector agencies
Knowledge / Skills Essential
  • Risk assessment and risk management
  • Knowledge of legislation in relation to the client group and mental health.
  • Communicate highly complex and highly sensitive information effectively, to a wide range of people
  • Experience of joint working with statutory, voluntary and private sector agencies

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